My coteacher told me we had to start the supplementary book in class today, since all the exercises have to be finished by June.
She said she would do it. But my lesson plan for my open class was due that day, so she decided to edit it, instead of teach.
2nd period, she had a meeting. She gave me the supplemental book, and 4 pages to teach.
For 40 minutes.
It was a simple dialogue about greetings. Even the kids who can’t read can say “I’m fine, thank you, and you?”
How could i stretch this into 40 minutes?
I’ve always admired people who can bullshit for entire class periods. My coteacher. My afterschool teacher. During Winter Camp, the educational DVDs didn’t work, so my coteacher had to fill 40 minutes. And she did.
I could kill 5 minutes, if I needed to. Any more than that, and I’d have to resort to Hangman.
But today was different.
I was able to make 4 pages of short listening activities last the entire class.
We did Listen and Repeat, we practiced in Korean and English, they read the dialogue, I gave them time to study, and then we had a quiz. The quiz was hard, but hey, they tried.
Then they had 5 pages of homework, haha.
I had become a teacher. My coteacher had sprung an unfamiliar book on me at the last minute, and I had risen to the challenge. I taught all the classes by myself today, something I hadn’t counted on doing.
I felt like I’d finally arrived. It’d only taken a year and six months, but I could go into an unfamiliar situation and come out relatively unscathed.
Then came my failure.
I’d been working diligently since Friday on my Open Class materials. I’d come in early and stayed late every day.
Today, all I had to do was print the cards for our Go Fish Game and cut them out.
Except it wasn’t that easy.
I had to finish the cards, re-edit them when the printer messed them up, practice our Lesson Plan with my coteacher, and make the Dialogue Game cards look nicer.
I didn’t have time to print until it was time to leave.
Then, my coteacher said she wanted me to paste different color paper to the back of the cards, to make them thicker.
Which made the process of cutting out the cards take twice as long.
I only managed to finish 4 out of 10 before I had to leave. And that was at 6:20. I got out of work at 4:30. My coteacher is cutting out the other 10 cards, but I’ll have to help her because it’s my class, not hers.
So tonight, I’m sleeping in my clothes and going to work at 7 to make more copies and glue pieces of paper to the cards before cutting them out.
I’m seriously regretting selecting a “Go Fish” game for my Open Class. Then again, it’s my fault for deciding to make FIFTY TWO CARDS. What is wrong with me? I just wanted the game to last a long time!
But my students are going to play this game for 9 minutes. NINE MINUTES. AND IT TAKES THIS MUCH PREPARATION. WTFFFFF
All schools have Open Classes, but not all of them put such emphasis on them, as mine does.
I just have to make it to 12:10 tomorrow. Then on Friday, it’s Sports Day, and I have no classes.
Except for 7 on Monday, 4 of which need to be prepped.
My Open Class is in 8 days.
OMG I’M GOING TO DIE